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FANDANGO SMASHES RECORDS WITH ITS BEST YEAR IN COMPANY HISTORY on January 02, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and a unit of NBCUniversal, announced today that 2012 was the company's best-performing year in its 12-year history, with record highs in ticket sales, web and mobile traffic, and app downloads. The records include a 57% surge in annual ticket sales, 34% percent annual growth in monthly visitors to its online and mobile destinations, and 31 million downloads of its award-winning mobile apps. During peak months, Fandango saw 41 million monthly unique online and mobile visitors.*

Another notable first for Fandango in 2012 was the launch of its original digital video series, "The Frontrunners." Hosted by the nation's leading movie award expert and Fandango's new chief correspondent, Dave Karger, the series features one-of-a-kind video interviews with awards contenders such as Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman and Amy Adams. "The Frontrunners" premiered in December and debuts new episodes weekly through the end of movie awards season in February.

"Our 2012 successes have further established Fandango as the go-to resource for the total moviegoing experience - from discovery, decision-making and ticketing, to going to the theater and sharing with friends after the credits roll," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "In 2013, we'll continue our momentum and deliver advertising partners, exhibitors, and moviegoers even more products, services, and platforms that super-serve their needs."

Helping fuel Fandango's growth in 2012 was the company's expanded exhibitor and online portal reach. The company increased its theater network with deals that included AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres, and Southern Theatres. Fandango also signed partnership deals with Yahoo Movies, AOL Moviefone and MSN Movies, becoming the movie ticketing provider for all three of the Internet's top information portals.

Fandango's mobile business proved to be tremendously successful in 2012, as the company's mobile tickets sales increased 171% year-over-year, and accounted for more than 30% of its overall ticket sales. Fandango continued to roll out paperless mobile ticketing to thousands of new theater screens, allowing users to get their movie tickets sent to their phones as scannable mobile barcodes. As part of Apple's Passbook app launch, Fandango's mobile app downloads experienced a 50% increase over the last year. Fandango was consistently among the top-10 free entertainment apps on both the Apple iOS and Google Android platforms in 2012.

In 2013, Fandango plans to launch two more original series hosted by Karger, and is slated to bring more reserved seating and paperless mobile ticketing options to significant numbers of new screens across the country.

 

UPDATED: 'Django Unchained' Reaches $68.6 Million Domestically on January 01, 2013

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Monday (1/1/13) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained's domestic total is up to $68.6 million. 

Sunday (12/30) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained is poised to grab $30.7 million this weekend. If the estimate holds, Django's total will be $64 million.

Saturday (12/29) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained took another $9.7 million on Friday, pushing its domestic cume to $43 million. 

Friday (12/28) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained raked in another $8.3 million, pushing its domestic cume to $33.3 million. 

Thursday (12/27) Update: The Weinstein Company reports that Django Unchained grabbed another $10.006 million on Wednesday, bringing the film's two-day domestic gross to $25.018 million.

Previously: The Weinstein Company reports today that Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained took in slightly over $15 million on Tuesday. The figure was strong enough to put the film in second place for the day behind Les Miserables.

The impressive $15 million figure tops Tarantino's previous best opening day (Inglorious Basterds with $14.4 million) while also representing the third best Christmas Day opening of all-time (behind Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables) and fifth best overall Christmas Day gross (behind Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Meet the Fockers and Les Miserables, respectively).

'Life of Pi' Reaches $220 Million Overseas on December 30, 2012

The latest stats from Fox:

LIFE OF PI takes the competition by storm, powering its way to a $39.2m weekend from 8,394 screens in 56 markets. The International cume sails past $220m, as PI's International box office journey continues in earnest across the world. Excellent openings in Germany ($7.1m from 704), Norway ($1.2m from 250), Denmark ($1.1m from 113), Austria ($639K from 119), Peru ($639K from 129), Central America ($406K from 130) and Turkey ($403K from 177) are supported by Excellent and Outstanding holds in UK ($6.6m from 1,015), France ($4m from 637), Italy ($2.3m from 351), Mexico ($2.3m from 1,384), Brazil ($1.7m from 404), Sweden ($1m from 167) and Holland ($1m from 105) - all of which exceeded their already impressive opening numbers this past weekend!

The theatrical run of LIFE OF PI in China ended last Sunday, Dec. 23, with the film earning an outstanding $90.8m, making it the #3 foreign film of 2012 in China, behind TITANIC 3D and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4. It is Fox's all-time 3rd highest grossing film in China, behind AVATAR and TITANIC, and the Industry's 5th highest grossing foreign title of all-time, behind AVATAR, TRANSFORMERS 3, TITANIC and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4.

LIFE OF PI opens in 9 new markets this coming week, including Australia, Russia and South Korea, followed by Japan on January 25.

 

'Jack Reacher' Hits $22.5 Million Overseas on December 30, 2012

Jack Reacher opened in another 25 markets this holiday season, including the UK and France, making an estimated $18.1M from 2,195 cinemas in 32 countries over its 2nd weekend. The film is estimated to have opened at 1stplace in the box office rankings of 5 countries.  The International cume now stands at $22.5M.

 

· The UK came grossed an estimated solid $5.5M from 445 locations over 5 days, taking the 3rd place in the local Box Office. This is 50% above Valkyrie, 8% above Knight and Day, 22% above Collateral and 35% above Bourne Legacy.

· France opened at a very good $4.4M from 480 locations taking the 2nd place in the local Box Office. This is 88% above Valkyrie, 3% above Knight and Day, 7% above Collateral and 32% above Bourne Legacy.

 

For other territories, the grosses were as follows:

 

· Taiwan’s opening is estimated at an excellent $1.4M from 66 cinemas. Estimated ranking is at #1. This is 225% above Valkyrie, 38% above Knight and Day, 151% above Collateral and 22% above Bourne Legacy.

· The Netherlands are estimated at a good $1M from 75 cinemas.

· Belgium made an estimated very good $779k from 50 locations, coming in at #2 in the local Box Office.

· Portugal’s opening added a solid $289k from 52 locations, taking 2nd place at the Box Office.

 

Continued runs included the following:

 

· Turkey’s 2nd weekend is estimated at $295k from 134 cinemas. The drop is at 33% and cume is now at $882k.

· Hong Kong dropped a mild 29% from its opening with $228k from 30 cinemas pushing the cume to $867k.

· Singapore is estimated to made $235k from 26 cinemas in its 2nd weekend, pushing the cume to $933k.

· Malaysia added another $201k from 72 locations to its cume which is now at $933k.


'Skyfall' Hits $1 Billion Worldwide on December 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 30, 2012 – Skyfall™, the 23rd James Bond adventure, has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it was jointly announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures and Gary Barber, MGM's Chairman & CEO.

The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is the most successful Bond film of all time.  It is the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK, the first film to pass £100 million at the UK box office.  It is also the most successful film at the worldwide box office in Sony Pictures history.

Skyfall took in $4.6 million this weekend in North America for a cume to date of $289.6 million. Overseas, the film grossed $10.3 million for an international total to date of $710.6 million and a worldwide cume exceeding $1 billion and growing.

"It is truly thrilling to reach this incredible milestone. With tremendous gratitude to Barbara and Michael, Sam, Daniel and our partner Sony, and to all of the dedicated distributors and fans across the globe, we are so proud of both Skyfall and our 50 year association with James Bond," said Gary Barber, MGM's Chairman and CEO.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary. After 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the world, Skyfall  is the most successful James Bond film of all time. We couldn't be more excited for Michael Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and especially the fans who put James Bond in this very rare and very exclusive billion dollar box office club."


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